Vineyards upon volcanic cones
Pedara, Mount Etna, Sicily

Monte Trigona
volcanic cones on Southern Etna

Old bush vines of Nerello Mascalese and Minella grow on top of terraced craters

Monte Trigona is located about 8 km from the city of Catania and the Ionian Sea. At the foot of the hill is a winery as old as 1638. The find of terracotta pots suggest a viticulture from ancient times. The site is blessed with a big cave with a perfect temperature to store wine. The cave actually lies directly under a wineyard and can be visited.

The south-east part of Etna has a high density of lateral craters. Especially around the villages Pedara and Trecastagni, in an area of 30 km2, between 500 and 800 meters above sea level, there are about 10 craters that have been the perfect slope for viticulture for many centuries untill today. Monte Ilice, Monte Gorna, Monte Serra, Monte San Nicolò, Monterosso and Monte Troina - to name a few - are home to reknown wineries like Benanti, Biondi & Nicosia as well as vineyards managed by locals that aim to produce wine for themselves, family and friends.

Monte Trigona is located most southern of this group of wine craters. and is the most distant from the central craters of Etna, and the closer one to Catania. Trigona consists of two vulcanic cones with three recognizable summits. In fact, its name in Sicilian dialect is 'tri cona' and means threecones. Both craters have a plateau on top perfect for wine growing: maximum exposure at about 500 asl. The soil has evolved to light pumice stones and lava sand with high draining capacity. The roots of the vines reach enormous depth in search of humidity. On top of the Monte the views are stunning. The wineyards are right in front of Mount Etna and offer sea views in the other directions.

Meeting the Monte

On a November day in 2017 I found this old vineyard on a small crater not far from my home in Viagrande. The place stunned me: on the top stood an old cottage with a well and a terrace with stone seats. The cottage was situated had in front an old vineyard overlooking a great snow-capped Etna, with on its flanks the town of Trecastagni with its bell tower. The Ionian Sea, in the distance, watched. The vines grew where once lava flowed. I wanted to know how that wine would taste like.
Joris Doesburg


a special place

A cute cottage, a wineyard, breathtaking sunsets.

A grape from Monte Trigona
18th century little house on Monte Trigona's estate

Book an experience at Monte Trigona

Walk on craters, visit a lava cave and experience winetasting at sunset with stunning views of the Etna and the sea. All in one afternoon.

Wine Tasting
Wine Crater Walk

Start at 5 pm. End at 9 pm.

Trekking level medium.
Good walking shoes are recommended.

Cost: 50 euro per person, minimum 4 participants.

Walk among the vineyards and through the bushes, climbing the terraces and the numerous ancient stone stairs, to reach the top of the crater. On the way down taste a wine in the lava cave. Then walk to the cottage to taste some fruit, Sicilian antipasti and continue wine tasting. Wine made of the old bush vines from the crater vineyard. Natural wine, without sulfite or any other additions.

+ Sunset Diner

Available from May until September.

Cost: 100 euro per person, minimum 4 participants.

End the Wine Crater Walk with a Diner at sunset with an Italian Cook that will prepare dishes based on local fresh fish.

Vineyard at sunset

Available from October until March.

Cost: 100 euro per person, minimum 4 participants.

The Wine Crater Walk starts in the morning at 11:00 and ends with a Lunch with an Italian Cook that will prepare dishes based on local fresh fish.

An over 4000-year History

  • Monte Trigona was born from a prehistoric eruptive fissure in the south-east side of Etna. The original cone formed about 500 meters above sea level, and 8 km from Aci Trezza where Etna originated with the first submarine eruptions 500,000 years ago.
  • With the Plinian eruption of 122 BC, in Roman times - which damaged the city of Catania - Monte Trigona was covered by 40 cm of pyroclastic material.
  • In 1408 a lava flow surrounded the mountain. The town of Viagrande with its surrounding countryside was then founded on this flow.
  • When in 1638 a 'palmento' - a building for the vinification of wine - was completed at the foot of the mountain, the story of Monte Trigona became offically intertwined with that of its wine.

    The construction of a cooper - a place for the storage of wine - and of two manor houses up to about 700 square meters soon followed.
  • Today Monte Trigona has about twenty terraces built to contain soil erosion.

The seasons
of Wine

Grapes on the vine ripening under a hot Sicilian sun Summer
The harvesting of wine grapes Autumn
Mt Etna covered in snow on the background Winter

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